Beet Seeds (Organic) - Detroit Dark Red HEIRLOOM - ORGANIC
Grow Heirloom Organic Beets - Plant Organic Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds
If Jack Kerouac was the “King of the Beats”, then Detroit Dark Red is surely the “King of the Beets”. This very popular and versatile beet is rich in color and texture. Plant Organic Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds and double your pleasure by enjoying both the roots and the greens. The Organic Detroit Dark Red prefers full sun and good drainage, but in most climates can also tolerate partially filtered shade. Can be planted in early spring or late summer.
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- Planting Info
Name: Organic Detroit Dark Red Beet Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris "Detroit Dark Red" Type: Organic / Heirloom Size at Maturity: 3" in Diameter Days to Maturity: 60 Days Light Requirement: Full Sun Planting Time: Cool Season Sowing Method: Direct Sow Planting Depth: 1/4" Plant Spacing: 6" Seeds per Pound: NA Hardiness Zones: All Ships: Year-round
Beets can be planted relatively early in the season, as soon as soil can be worked or approximately 4 weeks after the last hard frost.
Seeds should be planted approximately 3 /4 inches deep and 1 inch apart in rows of approximately 12-18 inch spacing.
After germination when seedlings are approximately 4-5 inches tall, seedlings will need to be thinned, depending on your desired harvest. For early harvesting of small, cylindrical roots, thin to 3-4 inches apart. For later harvests of larger roots thin to 6+ inch spacing. Take care when thinning to not disturb the nearby developing roots.
Beets can be started indoors and then transplanted outdoors.
The plot should be kept well weeded to discourage competition which can result in a less than peak harvest.
Being related to Swiss Chard and Spinach, beets should not be planted in close proximity or succession with these crops.
Beets have a good tolerance for low fertility soil, and too much nitrogen can encourage top growth which will detract from root development.
The best color and flavor for beets develops under cool conditions and bright sun.
Beets can be harvested when they have reached the desired size, but approximately 65 days after planting beets will be the familiar 1.5 - 2 inches (depending on variety) that most gardeners want for cooking and preserving. With adequate moisture and space, beets will grow rapidly, but larger roots can be tough and fibrous.
Fresh beets can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks, or preserved by canning, pickling or freezing.
When harvesting, beets should be separated from their tops, leaving about 1 inch of stem on the root. Beet greens are also nutritious and delicious, but must be stored separately--greens stored intact with the root will continue to draw moisture from the root, and will result in a shriveled and flavorless root.
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